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Windows 7: Windows system image on my ssd

23 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows system image on my ssd

Im trying to set up my 120GB ssd to be my main drive. After formatting my ssd I made a system image using the windows 7 tool. The image went onto my new ssd is there a way to just open it on the ssd and then set it up as my main boot drive or do I have to do something different. Thank you for your help.

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23 Apr 2012   #2

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

For the SSD to boot it must be an active partition. If you are not sure how to do this refer to this tutorial. Good luck and be sure to ask if you have any further questions.
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23 Apr 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rfore44 View Post
Im trying to set up my 120GB ssd to be my main drive. After formatting my ssd I made a system image using the windows 7 tool. The image went onto my new ssd is there a way to just open it on the ssd and then set it up as my main boot drive or do I have to do something different. Thank you for your help.
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23 Apr 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I'm not sure what you have done, but it sounds like you may have just made a system image file of C, storing that image file on your SSD.

That won't work if that's what you did. Image files by themselves do nothing.

You need to "restore" that image file before it will work. The image file should be stored on some other hard drive and then "restored" to the SSD.

It's difficult to tell what you actually did from the way your post is worded.

So we need to see the screen shot as Karl requested.
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23 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'm not sure what you have done, but it sounds like you may have just made a system image file of C, storing that image file on your SSD.

That won't work if that's what you did. You need to "restore" that image file before it will work. The image file should be stored on some other hard drive and then "restored" to the SSD.

It's difficult to tell what you actually did from the way your post is worded.

So we need to see the screen shot as Karl requested.

Yea it is a a image of C that was placed on my ssd. So I can't just open that image on the ssd so that the ssd and C are the exact same thing? Then use my ssd as my new C drive.
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23 Apr 2012   #6

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

No.

Let's say you have a C partition on a regular hard drive.

The proper procedure would be to:

1: Use an imaging program to make an image file of that C partition, storing it on some other drive, such as an external.

2: Restore that image file to the SSD.

You can't "open" the image file itself and do anything with it. You have to "restore" it to the SSD.

Another option is to "clone" the C partition to the SSD, but imaging is more commonly used.
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23 Apr 2012   #7

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

That changes things a little, you would have to restore that image to the SSD with a windows 7 recovery disk for this to work. A simpler route would be to image the drive with a free tool like Marcum Reflect.
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23 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
That changes things a little, you would have to restore that image to the SSD with a windows 7 recovery disk for this to work. A simpler route would be to image the drive with a free tool like Marcum Reflect.
So I would have to delete the image off of my ssd, then run marcum reflect to clone my current C: drive then put it on my ssd?
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23 Apr 2012   #9

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rfore44 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
That changes things a little, you would have to restore that image to the SSD with a windows 7 recovery disk for this to work. A simpler route would be to image the drive with a free tool like Marcum Reflect.
So I would have to delete the image off of my ssd, then run marcum reflect to clone my current C: drive then put it on my ssd?
When you clone to the SSD it will be wiped automatically, all contents will be deleted before the operation starts.
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23 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rfore44 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
That changes things a little, you would have to restore that image to the SSD with a windows 7 recovery disk for this to work. A simpler route would be to image the drive with a free tool like Marcum Reflect.
So I would have to delete the image off of my ssd, then run marcum reflect to clone my current C: drive then put it on my ssd?
When you clone to the SSD it will be wiped automatically, all contents will be deleted before the operation starts.
Ok so all it will be is downloading the program and cloning then done?
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